Leinster boss remains cautious
Leinster boss Joe Schmidt has played down his side's chances of winning a third consecutive Heineken Cup title.
The Irish side have been the dominant force in Europe since winning their first title in 2009 and are once again many people's favourites to lift the trophy on home soil in Dublin next May.
The champions face a relatively straightforward start to their campaign when they face Exeter on Saturday but they will have their work cut out if they are to make it through to the quarter-finals, as they also meet Clermont Auvergne and the Scarlets during the group stage.
Schmidt is understandably cautious about his side's chances and says he won't be taking anything for granted ahead of Saturday's meeting with Rob Baxter's men.
"Right now, our sole initial target is to get out of the group," he said. "It is such a competitive pool that I think only one team will qualify for the quarter-finals, so I am not thinking about anything beyond our first match against Exeter.
"We have not played Exeter before but we are fully expecting them to be both extremely combative and expansive."